Letterkenny, County Donegal
Over the last number of years Mark Black has become something of a musical phenomenon in his native Donegal, winning a broad and dedicated following. His latest studio album ‘Sweet Rescue Blues’ is a unique slice of rootsy blues, a musical spaghetti western, although there is an obvious influence of his native Ireland with a strong use of celtic melodies throughout the album. In addition to being an exceptional musician – Mark is a natural born performer, whose tales and anecdotes are woven seamlessly into his song writing.
Since its release in 2009 Mark Black has toured extensively promoting this album. The highlight of the year so far was being invited to perform at the infamous Glastonbury Festival in the UK. Mark and his band travelled to the UK to play two shows at this years festival which in 2009 had record attendances of over 200,000 people.
Mark Black & The Roots Band are at the cutting edge of new roots based music in Ireland. The live show features a power house dynamite explosion of rhythms, didgeriidoos, amplified 12 string acoustic guitars and lap steels, drums, bass and soaring female backing vocals. Mark is joined by Seamus Devenny on drums and percussion and Peter Doherty on bass/double bass. This is one of the most dynamic and unique live acts in the country and not to be missed. The band have just recently performed at Glastonbury Festival, the Earagail Arts Festival, Gas yard Feile, Maiden City Festival, the Rory Gallagher International Festival, the Castlebar Blues Festival and the Limavady Jazz and Blues Festival.
With a live concert DVD and double album featuring his 13 piece Roots Orchestra released in December ’09, Mark will be touring nationally in 2010 including several shows which will feature the 13 piece band. With some of the finest musicians in Ireland this is a show not to be missed.